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Photojournalist Captures Images of Life Inside Budget-Troubled LAPD

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Photojournalist Robert Nickelsberg uses 36 images, narration, and audio recorded on-scene to capture what it's like for LAPD officers working in the South Bureau’s Southeast and 77th Divisions and gang and K-9 units during a time when budget cuts are affecting how the work is done. The images are assembled into a multimedia presentation on

In his narration, Nickelsberg "notes that the combination of budget cuts, elimination of overtime and forced home leaves (T/Os) are contributing to the adverse reduction of police officers’ presence in the city, particularly areas where gangs have been challenging law enforcement for three generations" explains the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) Blog.

The LAPPL adds an urging that everyone take a look at the slideshow to better understand how essential it is that the LAPD "build on the progress of recent years," despite fiscal roadblocks. "We have come a long way, but that also means we have a long way to fall if city leaders make the wrong choices and decisions in the months ahead."